Disability provisions for the test

Applicants may request disability provisions for the test if the child has a disability, including a medical or behavioural condition or injury, to ensure reasonable access to the test.  Supporting documentation is required.

If your child has a disability or condition that could affect his or her performance on the test, you can ask for disability provisions for the test when you apply. After applying, you must provide supporting documentation such as a medical certificate or diagnostic document, if you are requesting disability provisions.

The High Performing Students Team may contact the school or the parents to discuss the request for test provisions.

Parents must disclose medical information if life-saving medication is required. A test supervisor will be trained to administer anaphylaxis medication. Parents of students with anaphylaxis will not be required to wait outside the test centre. They must provide the child's Health Care Plan and the required medication to the test centre staff on test day.

If parents are required to wait at the test centre as a special test provision they must:

  • Make themselves known to the presiding officer
  • register as a visitor at the school office with their
    • volunteer Working With Children Clearance Check
    • 100 points of identification
    • disability provision letter.

The office staff will show parents where to wait.

Disability test provisions will not usually be granted if a student does not require them in class or for other tests.

The applicant, student's current public primary school principal and the person in charge of the test will be advised in writing of any disability provisions granted for the test.

Students with disabilities or behavioural or medical conditions will be given special consideration by selection committees.

Examples of disability test provisions

Some examples of possible test provisions for disabilities, medical or behavioural conditions include:

  • large print test papers
  • FM transmitters
  • test papers printed on a specific colour
  • separate seating or a seat at the front
  • closer supervision
  • showing answers in the question booklet instead of the answer sheet
  • medications or equipment to be taken to the test centre.

The Team has the discretion to refuse to test any student with the potential to exhibit behaviour which may intimidate or cause harm to supervisors or other students unless parents are prepared to make themselves available to immediately remove the student from the test centre if required.

The Team will try to assist in unforeseeable emergency situations such as a broken arm just before the test. However, some disability provisions for existing conditions, such as enlarged print, cannot be modified or added to after 18 February 2020. Disability provisions requested after 18 February 2020 cannot be guaranteed.

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